Family Magazine

Adventure Saturday

By Sherwoods
Just in case you haven't noticed, we hike a lot.  There's really not much in Dushanbe for a family with five young children once you've gone to the one park, visited the one indoor playground, and well, nothing else.  I've heard that the national history museum isn't too bad so we're saving that for a rainy day.  But after you've gone through that very small handful, then it's time to get out of the city.
Adventure Saturday
Luckily there's a nearly endless supply of places to hike.  When ninety-two percent of the country is mountainous that makes for a lot of hikes.
Adventure Saturday
The children aren't exactly thrilled with hiking, but they are becoming resigned.  Brandon and I made the mistake of once thinking out loud about hiring some donkeys from whatever local villager isn't using theirs and now the girls have fixated on the idea of donkey-hiking.
Adventure Saturday
Every time we pass a donkey they make sure, loudly, that we know that there's yet another donkey that looks like a very likely riding animal.  Brandon tries to ignore them.
Adventure Saturday
Last Saturday we hiked up the gorge behind a small town, Varzob that is about twenty minutes outside Dushanbe.  We never made it even close to the top - the range of a three year old is dishearteningly short - but enjoyed the lovely scenery and sunny day.
Adventure Saturday
And rock throwing.  Always rock throwing.  It's really not a hike unless you have snacks and throw rocks into whatever body of water you're hiking along.  There is something deeply satisfying about the sound large rocks make as they splash into swiftly running water.  It's very meditative.
Adventure Saturday
One day when the children are grown up and hopefully become closer to normal, they'll tell their children and friends and spouses about their crazy mother who made them hike every single Saturday for the entire time they lived in Tajikistan.  Then they'll claim I've turned them off hiking for the rest of their lives.
Adventure Saturday
But until that day when they've left my house and starting running their own schedules, we're hiking.  Maybe some of them will come to enjoy it, probably some of them never will, but in the end I don't really care.  I'll enjoy the hikes and they can enjoy the snacks.  Everyone can be happy.

You Might Also Like :

Back to Featured Articles on Logo Paperblog

These articles might interest you :

  • On a Beautiful Summer Day

    Beautiful Summer

    Read more

    14 hours, 33 minutes ago by   Vickilane
  • Russell’s Reserve Whiskey Review

    Russell’s Reserve Whiskey Review

    This single cask of Wild Turkey Whiskey was selected by PlumpJack in San Franciso and, like all RR SiB releases, bottled at 55% ABV (110 proof). Read more

    16 hours, 52 minutes ago by   Josh Peters
  • Russell’s Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Review

    Russell’s Reserve Bourbon Whiskey Review

    Do you love whiskey? Do you love bourbon? Do you love Wild Turkey? If you answered yes to all of those questions then you’d probably love a glass of Russell’s... Read more

    16 hours, 57 minutes ago by   Josh Peters
  • FFS Friday - Soulless

    This week it has come to my attention that Tiger is trying to kill me. He's a clever man so he's not doing it by traditional means, he's doing it slowly via... Read more

    18 hours, 19 minutes ago by   Glossqueen
  • Take the Shot: Captain Morgan Apple Smash for National Rum Day

    Take Shot: Captain Morgan Apple Smash National

    They say "An apple a day keeps the doctor away." We wonder what a shot of apple rum will do! Just in time for National Rum Day, every's favorite rum captain... Read more

    18 hours, 24 minutes ago by   Glasgow Skinner/ My Life On And Off The Guest List
  • Book Club for Menopause Goddesses

    Book Club Menopause Goddesses

    Today's post highlights two wonderful books that should live on every Menopause Goddess's bookshelf. From Dinner Date to Soulmate by Cynthia Spillman and Come... Read more

    20 hours, 19 minutes ago by   Lynettesheppard
  • Stone Fruit Tea Cake

    Stone Fruit Cake

    (recipe adapted from Table for 2) Ingredients:1 Tbsp butter (for greasing pan)150g Blue Jacket Cake Flour½ tsp baking powder80g fine sugar 80g Cowhead salted... Read more

    20 hours, 33 minutes ago by   Cathysjoy